I’m grateful to Fitzrovia News for publishing my blog about what we can learn from City West Homes’s painful refurbishment of 7 blocks of flats in Hanson Street.
By Edward Kellow
If you have been down Hanson Street in Fitzrovia recently you may have noticed the number of buildings shrouded in scaffolding and green netting. This isn’t an art installation or a leftover from the Fitzrovia Arts week.
Scaffolding and green netting covers seven housing blocks in Hanson Street.
But City West Homes has poorly managed the maintenance programme, blighted people’s lives, and needs to radically review the way it communicates and works with residents — something I’ve been writing about since July this year.
The works were long overdue: the roofing had suffered damage, paint was peeling from the windows and doors, and some of the window frames were rotting and had to be replaced.
In May this year CWH wrote to residents saying the works would start at the end of May…
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